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  1. Your best bet may be asking after spares from the Sword T.2/TAV-8A kit, as I would assume a number of folks with that kit plan to build a British variant. Decals for the A/C may be be helpful but I'm not sure if the early two-seaters were ever operated outside VMAT-203, which doesn't appear on any currently (or even recently) available sheets. In fact the only one I know of is an old Microscale sheet for the AV-8B (marks were similar enough they might pass, e.g. the tail codes were in light gray vs. the earlier white).
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    NASA F-15 decals?

    Meteor Productions produced a sheet of NASA and NACA markings, nominally in 1/48 but with a wide range of sizes and eras that would probably have a properly sized "swoosh" logo for what you need. IIRC it also had some generic numbering that matched the modern style. There was also a similar but more limited sheet produced by an IPMS US chapter, circa early 90s I believe, that could also have what you need. The trick, of course, would be finding either of these for a reasonable price. Review article of Meteor/Cutting Edge NASA sheet As far as the T-38 sheet suggested, I
  3. Actually, checking the photos in the link @RichardE posted above, these are Enhanced Paveway IIIs. The main visible differences are dual GPS domes on the seeker section (basically like rounded, truncated cylinders on opposite sides), and external wiring conduit that runs along the side of the bomb body. These were associated with the upgraded guidance, adding a GPS option to the standard laser guidance, so I assume all mods are present on the training rounds same as live munitions. 1/48 source, which includes a good photo of the real thing, here: https://www.britmodel
  4. Having at least one of all three kits in the stash, I concur with the assessment that Hasegawa's kit is the best out of the box, with Fujimi a rather distant second and Italeri last. The dual-kit Hasegawa releases tend to be a much better value, and frankly I'm still convinced there was an error by Hasegawa or their distributors that set the MSRP for the single-kit boxings at nearly the same price point when first released. Note that on the ADF there are actually two "bird slicer" IFF arrays: one on top of the nose, and a second under the intake (just forward of the nose gear bay,
  5. I think you're being fooled by an optical illusion: there are two AGM-12s in the photo, staggered one behind the other. The viewpoint of the camera has them lined up *almost* perfectly one behind the other, such that it looks like a single missile with an elongated body and tandem pairs of main wings. But if you look closely, you'll see the forward missile is visibly below the one behind it (most notable along the top line of the missile bodies).
  6. Apologies, I was working from memory and should have checked my stash (or Scalemates). The large tanks (370 gal) in the Airfix kit are correct depictions of the production design. It's Italeri (and Testors) whose early F-16 kits include the FSD style. (I believe the original Revell kit - unrelated to the later Revell AG gem you have - also featured the early tanks).
  7. "Alfalfa" jet? I believe the 250kg version in 1/72 are included in the HobbyBoss Jaguar A and E kits (which are virtually French air-to-ground weapons sets with a Jag included). https://www.scalemates.com/kits/hobbyboss-87258-jaguar-a--254020#
  8. What you call a "beaver tail" is an aerodynamic fairing that primarily acted as a cover for the end of the emergency tailhook (the hook end fit into a recess in the underside of the fairing). To the best of my knowledge these were present on all A-D model Eagles as built, but done away with on the F-15E model. At some point well after the Strike Eagle entered service, the fairings were removed from at least most of the fighter airframes as well. I don't believe the deletion of the fairing was related to the MSIP upgrades, however in practice those updates were rolled out in varie
  9. The question depends in part on whether you're measuring the *overall* height (including engine nacelles and/or landing gear) vs. height of the fuselage itself. The latter is, I believe, closer to 2.5 than 3 Mandos (when Din is standing up straight).
  10. Seconded for the Tydirium (Lambda-class) shuttle in 1/72. I'd also buy the U-Wing though not a high priority. Also in 1/72: - TIE Bomber - A-Wing (in "real" 1/72, the Bandai kit is closer to 1/48) - Snowspeeder - Clone Wars Y-Wing (the 'covered' version; a resin kit of this type advertised as 1/72 was closer to 1/87) - TIE Brute (seen briefly in Solo) - TIE Defender/Defender Elite - AT-ST And not remotely likely as a mainstream or resin kit in this scale, but I'd love a 1/72 version of The Ghost (VCX-100) Somewhere in the
  11. The "2.5 Mandalorians high" dimension is about right. I think the overall dimensions quoted by Nigel are accurate to the scale shown in the series (and Favreau, Filoni, et al are generally respectful of scale - certainly much more so than their counterparts in the Star Trek franchise). To be clear about the V-22 comparison, the Razor Crest is certainly larger, but not by an order of magnitude. As far as "real world" aviation types most of us would be familiar with, it's very broadly similar.
  12. I believe all the Italeri toolings of the Phantom in 1/72 should have the bleed air vents above and below the intakes provided as decals. Most boxings are labeled as either F-4E/F/G, RF-4C/E, or F-4S. At least the former two were reissued several times by Testors (usually with better decals), and I think all three have also been reboxed by Tamiya for their domestic line. Note that the recent Italeri F-4C/D/J "Vietnam Aces" kit is the ESCI tooling and thus has the vents molded in.
  13. I was not previously aware of a retooling to convert the panel lines to recessed versions, but I stand by all my other criticisms of this kit. The kiwimodeller photos speak for themselves as to the quality of fit without substantial putty and sanding work (and that is the "updated" tooling). Not really. It has CFTs but is missing the correct E style pylons for these (far from easy to scratchbuild, due to the compound curves involved). It has a pair of LANTIRN pods, but they have no real detail at all - barely more than a pair of tubes on pylons. It technically repres
  14. This is the kit I was referring to (Italeri, also reboxed for domestic sale by Tamiya; there is a similar C-model tooling that was also released in a Testors boxing). We clearly have very different definitions of "finely engraved" - as the panel lines are raised, and not at all what I would consider "fine" compared to any of the alternatives I listed. Considering you say the "only" problem joints are the upper to lower forward fuselage (which runs dead center down both sides from radome to behind the intakes), and the wing roots - which are most of the rest of the length of the ai
  15. Closer in overall size to a V-22, with a not entirely different shape/mass. Unlike many alleged scales in science fiction (esp. since widespread adoption of CGI allowing size to be "tweaked" at a director's whim), the published dimensions track well with what's portrayed in the series. Hopefully Revell don't pull their usual nonsense of producing a box scale kit and mislabeling its scale. I will be a very happy camper if they release something even comparable to the Clone Wars Gunship (long since given up expecting anything from Revell approaching the quality of replica the likes of Fine Molds
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